The Ekiti State Police Command has denied relocating Fulani herdsmen from Ondo forest reserves into the Ekiti forest.
Recall that the herders were evicted from the Ondo forest reserve on Saturday, January 23, by the Ondo State Government, following the expiration of the seven day ultimatum to vacate the forest.
State police spokesman Abutu Sunday, in a statement released on Thursday, said that the Command has neither sighted nor received any report of herders migrating or relocating into the State or its forest reserves.
The statement said: “The attention of the Ekiti State Police Command has been drawn to a publication in some sections of the media alleging that herdsmen have relocated to Ekiti State forests following the eviction order to them in Ondo forest reserves by the Ondo State Governor.
“The Command therefore calls on all and sundry to disregard such a fake and fictitious story, adding that the story was just a mere imagination of the source.
According to Mr Sunday, the police assured the safety of citizens of Ekiti State.
“The Ekiti State Commissioner of Police, Tunde Mobayo, while assuring the people of Ekiti State of adequate security, calls on everyone to be calm, vigilant and report any strange and suspicious persons found in their environs to the nearest Police Station or call 0806 233 5577 for prompt action.”
“The Commissioner, while also imploring members of the public to always verify the source and authenticity of every information they receive via the social media, warns newsmen against fake and unverified publications that could cause apprehension in the Society, as such shall no longer be tolerated”, he added.